Top 10 Popular Stations for Foreigners Buying Property in Tokyo

Tokyo is the most popular search, by city, among people searching for properties for sale on Real Estate Japan. Last month, nine of the Top 10 most popular stations were located in Tokyo, with the hot springs resort town of Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture (not in Tokyo!) coming in 9th.

Please see the full 11-station (10 in Tokyo plus Karuizawa) ranking below!

#1 Azabu Juban

Azabu Juban shopping street. Photo: Chris Mollison

Azabu Juban Area Guide

Synonymous with wealth and privilege, Azabu Juban and its immediate vicinity ranks among Tokyo’s most prestigious residential areas. It is international, central and convenient, with traditional businesses and a famous summer festival giving the neighborhood a strong sense of local history and an authentic charm.

Apartments for sale in Azabu Juban

Average listing price of a re-sale 1BR (1LDK) apartment in Azabu Juban: ¥71,307,000 ($633,000)

This is a 4th-floor 152-sqm 2BR apartment for sale in Azabu Juban. List price is ¥280 million. Please click on the photo for the full listing, floor plan, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#2 Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing. Photo: Nayalan Moodley

Shibuya Area Guide

Shibuya is is everything to everyone. Every little neighborhood around the station has its own vibe. It runs the gamut from low-cost single-room micro-apartments to massive, luxurious seven-bedroom manors. Street food to Michelin-starred gourmet dining. Back ally smoking areas to young, fashionable vape cafes. Mass market department stores to one-of-a-kind designer boutiques. It’s every aspect of Tokyo life distilled into one location.

Apartments for Sale in Shibuya

Average listing price of a re-sale 1BR (1LDK) apartment in Shibuya: ¥56,561,000 ($502,000)

12th-flooor 77-sqm 1BR apartment for sale in the Shoto neighborhood of Shibuya. Please click on the photo for the full listing, floor plan, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#3 Hiroo

Hiroo is a centrally located, ex-pat-friendly neighborhood that feels more like it’s located in the suburbs of Tokyo. In fact, it is a quiet and upscale residential oasis situated between Shibuya and Roppongi.

Landmarks in the neighborhood include a number of well-known international schools, embassies, and hospitals.

It is regularly voted of one of Tokyo’s most desirable residential neighborhoods for its central location with an upscale and sedate atmosphere, highlights of which include: Arisugawa (no-Miya) Memorial Park, which has 16 acres of wooded forests and a beautifully landscaped pond and streams, National Azabu supermarket, an always busy branch of Baskin Robbins (ice cream shop), numerous trendy restaurants, and a shopping street near the station.

Apartments for Sale in Hiroo

Average listing price of a re-sale 1BR (1LDK) apartment in Hiroo: ¥60,443,000 ($537,000)

2nd-floor 84-sqm 2BR apartment for sale in the Wellith Asriugawa building. Please click on the photo for the full listing, floor plan, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#4 Meguro

The Meguro River walk is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots. Photo: Nayalan Moodley

Meguro Area Guide

The first association with the name Meguro is usually Meguro station, on the Yamanote line, the line that delineates Tokyo’s central wards from the rest of the city. It’s a predominantly residential area that’s as well connected and convenient as anywhere in the world’s largest city can be, while still being distinctly calmer, quieter and far more livable than many other parts of the city.

Apartments for Sale in Meguro

Average listing price of a re-sale 1BR (1LDK) apartment in Meguro: ¥46,903,000 ($537,000)

2BR 71-sqm 2nd-floor apartment in The Terrace Shimomeguro building. Please click on the photo for the full listing, floor plan, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#5 Omotesando

The landmark Dior building in Omotesando. Photo: Nayalan Moodley

Omotesand0 is both a station and Tokyo’s center of high street fashion and shopping. Its nexus is a lovely treelined avenue stretching from the entrance of Meiji Shrine to Aoyama-dōri, where Omotesando Station is located.

Read more about Omotesando, in the Harajuku Area Guide.

Apartments for Sale in Omotesando

3BR 151-sqm 5th-floor apartment for sale in Omotesando. Please click on the photo for the listing, a 3D virtual walkthrough, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#6 Roppongi

Roppongi Area Guide

Surrounded by the foreign embassy and ex-pat dense neighborhoods of Azabu to the south and Akasaka to the north, Roppongi is a district famous for  its iconic nightlife scene and more recently the upmarket Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown mega-complexes.

Roppongi is a unique mix of down-market and up-market.

Apartments for Sale in Roppongi

Average listing price of a re-sale 1BR (1LDK) apartment in Roppongi: ¥81,543,000 ($724,500)

22nd-floor 66-sqm 2BR apartment for sale in The Park Court Akasaka Hinokicho The Tower. Please click on the photo for the full listing, floor plan, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#7 Asakusa

Kaminorimon (“Thunder Gate”), Sensoji (Temple), Tokyo.

Asakusa is the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low town” or traditional working-class neighborhood), with a lively, old-time atmosphere. It is very popular with tourists who are drawn to its main attraction, Sensoji, a 7th-century Buddhist temple.

Apartments for Sale in Asakusa

Renovated 3BR 12th-floor 63-sqm apartment for sale in Asakusa. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#8 Karuizawa – Nagano Prefecture

Karuizawa is known for its mild climate and abundant forests and natural areas.

Karuizawa is a resort town in the mountains ofNagano. It is where many of Tokyo’s well-do-to have summer homes to escape the heat and humidity of the big city and enjoy hiking or golfing at one of the many golf resorts. Skiing and hot springs are popular in the winter.

Houses for Sale in Karuizawa

3BR 463-sqm resort-style house for sale on 4,175-sqm lot in Karuizawa. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#9 Yoyogi Uehara

A short walk from Yoyogi Uehara is Yoyogi Park, one of Tokyo’s most popular parks, with many walking and bicycle paths and the site of numerous international festivals in the summer. Image: Wikimedia

Yoyogi Uehara is an upscale residential area and the first stop on the subway Chiyoda line, as well as a stop on the Odakyu line. A short will take you to one of Tokyo’s most popular parks, Yoyogi.

Apartments for Sale in Yoyogi Uehara

2BR 117-sqm top (4th) floor apartment for sale in Yoyogi Uehara. Please click on the photo for the full listing, floor plan, and to inquire directly to the agent.

#10 Korakuen

Koishikawa Rakuen (Garden), Bunkyuo Ward, Tokyo

Korakuen is a neighborhood in Bunkyo Ward, best known for Koishikawa-Kōrakuen, a 17th-century garden considered to be one of the country’s best traditional landscaped gardens.

Apartments for Sale in Korakuen

#11 Akasaka

Tokyo Midtown, Akasaka, Tokyo. Image: Wikimedia

Akasaka is an upscale residential and commercial center in Tokyo, known for being home to Ark Hills, Tokyo Midtown, and the Suntory Hall concert venue.

Apartments for sale in Akasaka

Common area deck in the Akasaka Tower Residence Top of the Hill building. For sale is a 7th-floor 129-sqm unit. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

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